August 11, 2019 8:52 pm

Top 10 Steak Wines

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Best Wines for Pairing with Steak

As every gourmand knows, wine is the consummate complement to steak. Selecting the right vino to pair with a particular cut of meat can spell the difference between a simply enjoyable meal and a transcendent feast.

We've chosen a diverse assortment of reds from around the world — and at varying price points — for GAYOT's list of the Top 10 Steak Wines.

> For more hearty options, peruse GAYOT's guide to the best steakhouses across America.

1. Buty 2012 Phinny Hill Vineyard Columbia Rediviva

Buty 2012 Phinny Hill Vineyard Columbia Rediviva

Type: Red Blend
Origin: Walla Walla Valley, Washington, USA
Price: $50

It was a sensational year for wine production across the state of Washington in 2012, and there are any number of gorgeous reds that would do right by a prime cut of meat. But this offering from the first Washington winery to focus on Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah blends as deluxe wines, is emblematic of the 2012 vintage's greatness — intense flavors highlighted by black cherry and cassis, with unassailable structure and polish.

Suggested Cut: This sumptuous wine calls for a big, juicy ribeye with lots of marbling.

For more information, visit the Buty official website.

2. Miner Family Winery 2013 "Emily's Cuvée"

Miner Family Winery 2013 "Emily's Cuvee"

Type: Red Blend
Origin: Napa Valley, California, USA
Price: $50

This blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc is a grand tribute to the late Emily Miner, who co-founded the award-winning winery back in the mid-90s. Winemaker Stacy Vogel applied modern technology to Old World techniques to coax the very best from the exceptional Napa Valley vineyard sites. You'll marvel at how much good stuff this robust red has going on. There's an abundance of delicious black fruit enriched with cocoa notes, a touch of espresso and the unmistakable warmth of toasted oak. So meaty it practically sizzles.

Suggested Cut: A pan-fried, dry-aged Kansas City Strip

For more information, visit the Miner Family Winery official website.

3. House Wine 2014 Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon

House Wine 2014 Steak House Cabernet Sauvignon

Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: USA
Price: $11

This is a blend of (mostly) Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Grenache made with grapes sourced from Washington, California and Idaho. Yes, Idaho — believe it or not, the Gem State is one of America's up and coming producers of quality vinifera. You'd be hard-pressed to find another steak mate with as much personality at this price point, which has been House Wine's forte since its inception in 2004. The Steak House cab is lean, but by no means a pushover. The fruit — dominated by blackberry and black cherry notes — shows front and center, with a fair degree of spiciness bringing up the rear.

Suggested Cut: Flat-iron steak seared on a charcoal grill

For more information, visit the House Wine official website.

4. Chateau Montelena Winery 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Chateau Montelena Winery 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Napa Valley, California, USA
Price: $53

Fun fact: This Napa Valley institution was founded in 1888 as a barrel-aging facility called A.L. Tubbs, and was one of the first wineries in the area made of stone instead of wood. Another fun fact: Chateau Montelena's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. It's tremendous fun, actually. This wine should really come into its own in a decade or so, but right now — and it's ok to drink right now — it'll take a few sips before the density and concentration of flavor reveals itself. It's worth the wait.

Suggested Cut: A broiled T-Bone

For more information, visit the Chateau Montelena Winery official website.

5. Nobilo 2014 Icon Pinot Noir

Nobilo 2014 Icon Pinot Noir

Type: Pinot Noir
Origin: New Zealand
Price: $22

Nikola Nobilo founded this iconic winery in 1943, and in the ensuing decades helped lead the move from hybrid grapes to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in New Zealand. Nikola passed away in 2007, but his legacy of producing high quality wines at great value lives on. The Icon Pinot Noir is made with 100% Marlborough-grown fruit sourced from three estate vineyards. Five days of cold-soaking promotes extraction of dark berry fruit flavor without harsh tannins. It's a sumptuous, well-balanced wine with fresh minerality and just the right amount of acidity.

Suggested Cut: Fine-grained New York Strip

For more information, visit the Nobilo official website.

6. Vérité 2013 La Joie

Vérité 2013 La Joie

Type: Red Blend
Origin: Sonoma County, California, USA
Price: $390

Simply put, this is one of the finest American wine releases in recent memory. A near-perfect union of climate, soil, fruit and winemaking, courtesy of legendary vigneron Pierre Seillan, who dubbed his celebrated methodology droit du sol, "right of the soil." While it hails from Sonoma County, the La Joie is a kindred spirit to the best wines of France's Pauillac. The blend consists of 71 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 16 percent Merlot, 8 percent Cabernet Franc and 5 percent Petit Verdot. It all adds up to a wine that is elegant, powerful and, above all, unforgettable.

Suggested Cut: A prime cut filet mignon

For more information, visit the Vérité official website.

7. Travaglini 2011 Gattinara

Travaglini 2011 Gattinara

Type: Nebbiolo
Origin: Piedmont, Italy
Price: $30

The ancient town of Gattinara and its surrounding area isn't as well known as some of Piedmont's other DOCGs, but it belongs in the conversation about Northern Italy's finest Nebbiolo-producing regions. The Travaglini family has been making Nebbiolo (known locally as "spanna") in Gattinara for nearly a century and, since 1952, putting it in unique curved bottles designed to catch sediment during decanting. The 2011 is full-bodied, with big berry flavor, some pepper, vanilla and a silky smooth finish.

Suggested Cut: Steak tartare

For more information, visit the Travaglini official website.

8. Hickinbotham 2013 Clarendon Vineyard Shiraz

Hickinbotham 2013 Clarendon Vineyard Shiraz

Type: Shiraz
Origin: McLaren Vale, Australia
Price: $75

Alan Hickinbotham established Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard in 1971, planting dry-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz on a 200-acre site that has since supplied fruit to produce many of Australia's greatest wines including Penfolds Grange Hermitage and Hardy's Eileen Hardy. This graceful Shiraz, a partnership between celebrated winemakers Charlie Seppelt and Chris Carpenter, shows delicacy and elegance, with a plush, complex palate.

Suggested Cut: The flavor profile of dark cherry and chocolate notes complements the delicate flavors of filet mignon.

For more information, visit the Hickinbotham official website.

9. Stoller Family Estate 2014 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

Stoller Family Estate 2014 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

Type: Pinot Noir
Origin: Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Price: $30

As a LEED Gold certified winery (the first in the world) with sustainable vineyards, Stoller is as resource efficient an operation as you'll find in the Pacific Northwest. The savory 2014 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is very approachable, with notes of mistletoe, exotic spices and Bing cherry. It's classic Willamette Valley pinot at an excellent price point.

Suggested Cut: The wine exudes chocolate and sea salt flavor that meshes well with Delmonico-style ribeye.

For more information, visit the Stoller Family Estate official website.